There’s strength in numbers, that’s why we’re pleased to report that your Guild is stronger than ever. But we’d like to be stronger still. So we’re running a special promotion: Refer a friend and receive a discount when they join the Guild. For each friend who successfully joins, we’ll credit $20 off your dues next year. And your friends will each receive a discount, too.


How it works:

Just forward your unique referral link by email, Facebook, Twitter, or any other means to your writer friends, publisher, editors, or agent.

The link’s been encoded to identify you as the referrer, so when your friends join, you’ll receive a $20 credit for each one. The link will automatically reduce your friends’ first year’s dues, too.

You should have received your unique link via email, but if you need us to send it again, please contact us.

There’s no limit to how many new members you can receive credit for. Refer three writers who join, and we’ll slice $60 off your next year’s dues; refer five new members, and we’ll cut your dues by $100. Remember that Guild membership is now more inclusive than ever, and we welcome writers of all stripes, including traditionally and self-published authors, freelancers, emerging writers, and students, as well as editors, agents, and publishers. Learn more about eligibility criteria here.

Please tell your friends about our recent advocacy efforts and programs. And let them know about all of the great benefits of membership you already enjoy, including:

  • Free legal help on writing and publishing matters—including book contract reviews
  • Author website building with our exclusive Sitebuilder software and low-cost hosting (in most cases just $9 per month)
  • Free seminars, covering topics such as marketing and publicity, movie deals, estate planning, and more
  • Invitations to private events and networking opportunities
  • Discounted access to a range of services from partnering vendors
  • A subscription to the Bulletin, our quarterly publication highlighting the Guild’s recent news and achievements

But most of all, remind your friends that the Guild has long served as the collective voice of American authors on Capitol Hill, in the courtroom, and at the negotiating table with publishers. We’re all in this together, and in these turbulent times for the book industry, let alone our divided country, we need the strength of a unified writing community.

Please help us spread the word and help support your Guild by referring your friends; you will receive $20 or more off during our promotion.

We’re very grateful for your support. Thanks in advance for pitching in.


Mary Rasenberger

Executive Director


Promotion Rules

There’s no limit to how many new members you can receive credit for. It cannot be applied to additional support or web services fees, but it can be credited for your dues payments over multiple years.

You will only receive a credit if your friend is accepted into the Guild. Please be patient as it may take us several weeks to process all the new applications and apply the credit(s) to your account. If you renew your dues in the meantime, your dues credit will be applied to next year’s dues. We recommend logging in when you renew, so that you can see your pending credits.

Only eligible members will be approved for membership. Please see eligibility details.

Questions? Contact us.